3 Benefits of Gas Meter Scanning You Need to Know
Gas meter scanning is one of the quickest ways to digitize gas meter readings. With gas meter scanning now possible on all smartphones, it’s important to understand the massive benefits this can bring to your business. The digital transformation of your usage reporting brings opportunities to save both time and money.
Check out the biggest benefits of mobile gas meter scanning and find out why utility companies are choosing Anyline’s mobile OCR solutions to manage their meters. Our SDK scans all kinds of utility meters from gas to water to electricity, whether they’re analog or digital. You can try the SDK for free or get in touch to find out how to integrate mobile gas meter scanning in your app today.
Mobile Gas Meter Scanning is Instant and Accurate
One of the biggest issues when it comes to gas meter reading is data accuracy. Whether homeowners or technicians take the reading, both are capable of making mistakes in reporting. Stress, fatigue and distraction can all cause inaccurate readings. In addition, handwritten reports can often be difficult for administrators to read.
On top of that, manual reading of gas meters is time consuming. A technician must travel to the site to report the reading or in the case of homeowners, they must mail the report to their gas provider. These processes can take hours or even days to complete.
Anyline’s mobile scanning technology offers an accurate and instant solution that eliminates the hassle of manual reading and improves the quality of the data collected. In laboratory settings, the accuracy of Anyline was found to be +99%. Better still, these accurate results are collected in an instant and can then be uploaded directly to your database.
Digitizing your gas meter scanning processes offers huge opportunities to save time and money. With instant scanning, you’ll no longer need to wait for technicians to report back from sites or for homeowners to post you their results. And the improvements you’ll make in your data quality are sure to help you optimize your gas supply processes.
In fact, improving the quality of your data collection processes could be one of the best ways for you to save money right now. Businesses and brands lose money every year because of poor data.
One study suggests that poor data quality cost brands up to 6% of their revenue in 2015. In 2016, a different study claimed that bad data was costing the US economy €3 trillion. In addition, a 2017 study suggests that 84% of CEOs are doubtful of the data quality they receive and base decisions on.
You can avoid these pitfalls of data collection by replacing manual reading with mobile scanning.
Scan Gas Meters in Any Location
At Anyline, we know that you need a robust solution that you can take anywhere. That’s why we thought of everything you need to scan meters in all locations. And even in all conditions.
Mobile gas meter scanning from Anyline works even when you don’t have an internet connection. All the scan data is processed on your device for the best results possible.
We chose this edge computing method of scanning with mobility and security in mind. Not only can you take scans anywhere you go, that scan data will not be uploaded to the cloud for processing. Mobile OCR via the cloud unnecessarily exposes your data to security vulnerabilities which are not acceptable when reporting the gas meter readings of your customers.
Once an offline scan has been performed, you can upload all your scan data to your database via a secure connection. With full scan operability and secure measures in place, offline scanning is perfect for scanning meters in basements, factories or anywhere else that doesn’t receive internet connectivity.
Anyline also removes the need for your staff to carry outdated and cost-inefficient dedicated devices. By equipping them with a modern smartphone instead, they’ll be able to take advantage of all the benefits that mobile devices offer. Instant messaging and mapping can both run on a device at the same time as mobile scanning. By embracing digital transformation, you’ll have many opportunities to streamline your business.
And if that’s not enough, you’ll be happy to hear that Anyline even works in the dark. We know that meters can often be found in cellars and other poorly lit environments. To counter this, we’ve added an automatic torch detection feature that will activate if Anyline is unable to read your gas meter.
Scanning in all locations is a must-have feature for any utility company looking to adopt mobile scanning. Anyline empowers your staff to be mobile and responsive at all times, thanks to this advanced operability.
Scanning Gas Meters is Simple
Mobile gas meter scanning works everywhere and can save you time and money. However, the best feature of this mobile OCR technology might be how simple it is to use. The procedure for scanning all meter types is the exact same. You point your device at your scan target, line up the reading inside the cut-out area on screen and then Anyline does the rest.
This ease of use has advantages for your workforce and customers. Your workforce will require little to no training in order to start scanning accurately. This is in sharp contrast to dedicated devices which require detailed training to operate and maintain. All your technicians need is a brief introduction to your scanning app and the rest of the actions should be familiar to them.
And your customers can easily scan their gas meter readings too. If you have a customer facing app, there’s no better way to save time and money than to have them submit their gas meter readings themselves. Along with a short intro tutorial, they should be able to start scanning their gas meters on a regular basis.
Not only will this reduce the need to visit each of your customers to read their meters, it also improves the customer experience of your service. Homeowners will no longer need to schedule time away from work to welcome your technicians. Instead, everything is taken care of in a few short minutes.
How Edison Enabled Direct Data Transmission with Mobile OCR
Edison is one of the main energy providers in Italy and has 130 years of experience in this sector. They provide both the private and industrial sector with gas and electricity.
Over the last few years, a process of digital transformation has started with the aim to digitally include customers in the Edison world. The goal was to keep path with the digital innovation of modern times and to provide state-of-the-art services to customers. They wanted to make information more transparent and accessible with easy tools.
Within the process of digital transformation, Edison decided to implement a new app with advanced and useful features.
Bringing New Tool to Customers
The new app has the goal of fulfilling the idea of smart home & smart living, allowing users to get an overview of their gas & electricity consumption rates, their payments, and their contract offers. The app also allows users to easily transmit their meter reading data directly to Edison. Anyline was able to provide the perfect SDK solution to integrate into the app for a fast & secure transmission of meter reading data.
Streamlined Customer and Supply Services
Edison’s new app is called My Edison and is a highly customer-oriented application with positive reviews. The Anyline Meter Reading feature gives an alternative to traditional meter reading practices such as dictation via phone call or filling in an online form. It’s a state-of-the-art solution that avoids typing and reading errors. It saves time as there is no need to sit down and login into the online portal and no waiting in the loop while calling the service number.
In order to work, the app only needs initial setup such as download, registration, and… there you go. The customer is notified in-app as soon as it’s time to transmit the meter reading status. Finally, the meter reading process is easily completed within a couple of seconds.
My Edison users can now directly scan their gas meters from home. This is reliable, fast, and makes the app even more efficient.
Anyline is a Gartner Cool Vendor
Gartner, the world wide research institute famous for creating the hype cycle model to predict the maturity of emerging technologies, named Anyline as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution in 2018.
“This is a huge success for us. Gartner are one of the best known research institutes in the tech industry. Their work on the “Magic Quadrant” and the “Hype Cycle” have helped to guide companies for years. Growing enterprises around the world rely on the analysis and reports they provide to choose only the best service providers. To be recognized by them is to receive the gold standard of approval within our field.”
– Anyline CEO, Lukas Kinigadner.
Anyline was recognized by Gartner because our technology supports the digitization of all kinds of data. By removing typing and manual data entry from everyday processes, you can save time, money and resources while also improving your data quality.
Download the Free Anyline OCR Scanner App
You can test Anyline’s mobile scanning technology for yourself with our demo App. The Anyline OCR Scanner is a free app available on the App Store and Google Play that will help you to assess your scanning use cases. It includes more than 10 scanning solutions, works offline and has a +99% scan accuracy!
Check it out now and discover the potential to streamline your processes and services with your smartphone!
Test Anyline Now with your Free SDK Trial
You can scan all kinds of text data with Anyline. Our customers have used it to improve customer onboarding, increase engagement and eliminate typing in their processes. The SDK includes dedicated solutions for our most common uses cases and you can even train it to recognize new text formats.
Download the SDK and begin your 30-day free trial now. The trial SDK lets you try all the following use cases:
Save Time Now with Mobile Gas Meter Scanning!
Create your own mobile gas meter scanning app with Anyline. Mobile scanning helps you bridge the gap between your analog and digital data. You can optimize time-intensive processes and remove redundant tasks from the daily routine of your business in an instant.
Talk to the Anyline team today and find out how you can save time & money with mobile text recognition technology. Our gas meter scanning solution is fully supported and ready for deployment in your app!
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